Category Archives: Piracy
Thu, Mar 08, 2012 | 20:14 GMT
“If someone copies your game a trillion times you won’t have a single lost cent. Some people are using that to ruin the internet. I still think piracy is wrong, but [it's on] the level of wrong me calling my friend an idiot. It’s wrong, but it’s such a minor thing. It’s ridiculously small.” – Markus “Notch” Persson to PC Gamer.
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 | 09:47 GMT
Measures put in place for game cartridges for PlayStation Vita will project the handheld “long term” from piracy, SCE WWS US boss Scott Rhode has said.
Mon, Jan 30, 2012 | 23:23 GMT
Angry Birds developer Rovio’s boss feels that piracy isn’t always bad for business and can actually help in building an entertainment brand.
Fri, Jan 27, 2012 | 01:23 GMT
Wed, Jan 25, 2012 | 05:11 GMT
DRM is a waste of money, doesn’t work, and worst of all, so 2003, according to Paradox Interactive CEO Fred Wester.
Sat, Jan 21, 2012 | 21:40 GMT
BlueByte has removed the component in its Tages DRM, which logged hardware changes on a user’s PC, thus using up one of the limited activations allowed for Anno 2070. According to a developer statement provided to Guru3D, “the graphics hardware from the hash used to identify the PC” was removed, which means you can now “switch the GFX as many times” as you want in your PC. At first, Anno players thought there was an error in the DRM causing the issue, but Ubisoft said the inclusion was “intentional” and that many users hadn’t experienced a problem with it. Thanks, RPS.
Sat, Jan 21, 2012 | 16:45 GMT
Ubisoft has said good customer support will resolve the few occasions when its Tages DRM affects players.
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 | 17:02 GMT
TorrentFreak has said the European arms of publishers such as Atari, Codemasters, Square Enix and Ubisoft are targeting pirates by asking them to pay €800 for each title downloaded illegally. According to the torrent site, the publishers are contacting the accused by tracking IP addresses, something CD Projekt stopped doing last week. The issue with tracking IP through torrents is that the majority of clients do not use the customer’s IP address when uploading or downloading. So, while some legitimate pirates could be caught using this method, innocent people could be caught in the middle as well. Thanks Gamefront.
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 | 10:06 GMT
Something of a kerfuffle has broken out – again – over Ubisoft’s ever-troubled DRM policies, which don’t like it when you switch out hardware.
Fri, Jan 13, 2012 | 00:37 GMT
Thu, Jan 05, 2012 | 17:19 GMT
Epic Games has stated it does not support the current version of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill drafted by Texas Republican Representative Lamar Smith and 12 co-sponsors.
Tue, Jan 03, 2012 | 06:45 GMT
Here’s an award Crytek and EA are probably less than happy about.
Thu, Dec 08, 2011 | 04:31 GMT
CD Projekt CEO Marcin Iwinski has said the firm estimates that The Witcher has been downloaded illegally more than 4.5 million times, and despite this, the developer standes behind its anti-DRM policy.
Wed, Nov 30, 2011 | 00:57 GMT
The Daily Star reports Iran has instituted a ban on the sale of Battlefield 3 over controversial content set in capital city Iran. EA is actually quite pleased by this turn of events.
“In that Battlefield 3 is not available for purchase in Iran, we can only hope the ban will help prevent pirated copies reaching consumers there,” the publisher told IndustryGamers.
Mon, Nov 28, 2011 | 00:44 GMT
Gabe Newell feels Steam no longer has to compete with pirates thanks to the quality of its service.
Thu, Nov 17, 2011 | 23:25 GMT
Bohemia Interactive has observed massive piracy of its games, despite an unusual DRM system.
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 | 17:25 GMT
Research firm Envisional has issued a study which cites a rise in UK game piracy of 20% over the last five years. According to the study, which fails to mention any titles, the “five top games of 2010″ were illegally downloaded through bittorrent clients almost one million times. Meanwhile, illegal downloading of music decreased, while illegal downloading of film and television programming since 2006 was up 30%. Thanks, Develop.
Wed, Nov 09, 2011 | 16:04 GMT
Bohemia Interactive has provided an example of how the FADE copy protection system is used as an anti-piracy measure Take On Helicopters.
Mon, Oct 24, 2011 | 22:59 BST
Gabe Newell believes rising game prices isn’t what drives would-be customers to piracy.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 | 23:03 BST
Digital distribution service Good Old Games doesn’t look on other businesses as competitors in the war for PC gamers’ dollars.